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 2020 Strategic Impact Fund Certification and Capacity Building Scholarships

 

 

Individual AFC® Scholarships

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) fully sponsored the training and credentialing of 100 new Accredited Financial Counselors® (AFC®) all of which will be people of color. Learn more about NEFE’s commitment. All scholarships have been awarded!

Additionally, in 2020, the AFCPE Strategic Impact Fund provided AFC scholarships for personal finance influencers. 

 

Capacity Building Group Scholarships

The AFCPE Strategic Impact Fund awarded $100,000 in certification and training scholarships to nonprofit organizations that provide financial and/or social services to low to moderate income populations.

Learn more about our group capacity building scholarships.

More than 10 nonprofit organizations were selected to receive funding from to build capacity. 

 

Scholarships for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

JPMorgan Chase Co. generously provided funding to support the training and credentialing for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Four Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) scholarships and six Money Management Essentials scholarships were granted in 2020!

 

We look forward to sharing the journeys of these organizations and  professional, as well as their stories of impact!

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About AFC® Scholarships | Strategic Impact Fund

About the AFC® Scholarship

This award provides individuals with the opportunity to earn the highest standard of excellence for financial counseling professionals. 

Scholarships are valued at $1,400 and include:

  • Registration fee
  • AFC® online course
  • AFC® course books/materials
  • AFC® exam (one attempt)

 Eligibility

  • Individuals who have previously enrolled, or held the designation and lapsed, are not eligible to apply.
  • Scholarships open to:
    • People of color, and/or

    • Personal finance influencers (i.e. writer, blogger, podcaster, etc.)

* Current AFCPE Membership encouraged, but not required.

Expectations

  • Plan to sit for AFC® exam within 12 months after the scholarship notification date
  • Agreement to share the #ValueofanAFC once certified. We want to know how the AFC® is positively affecting the work that you do – for your clients and your communities. This can be done through your organization’s newsletter, an AFCPE blog post, or through a social media picture and testimonial.

Selection Criteria

A review committee will select individuals whom they believe are most likely to leverage the opportunity. The committee seeks individuals who are passionate about helping people improve financial security and who believe in setting the highest standards of professionalism for the field.

About Capacity Building Group Scholarships | Strategic Impact Fund

About our Capacity Building Scholarships

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) Strategic Impact Fund has allocated up to $100,000 in 2020 to provide capacity building scholarships to nonprofit community-based organizations focused on building a thriving community and bridging gaps of inequality with the highest standards of professionalism. 

Who Should Apply:

We are seeking to fund organizations that provide community-based financial and/or social service for low to moderate income populations. Here are a few examples to help you imagine your impact:

  • Developing or advancing financial counseling expertise within your workforce development programming.
  • Offering financial counseling or education services within a domestic violence shelter.
  • Adding financial education to services provided for people who are incarcerated or transitioning from the
    prison system.
  • Starting a financial wellness department within your nonprofit.
  • Elevating the level of knowledge, skill, professionalism for current financial counseling/education services.

What Programs can be Included in Your Funding Proposal:

  • AFC® certification
  • Money Management Essentials
  • Coaching Essentials
  • Financial Inclusion Essentials
  • College Finance Essentials

Download the Application Guidelines to learn more.

About Scholarships for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

About the Scholarship

This award is generously funded by JP Morgan Chase Co. and open to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Applicants may apply for either AFC® certification or Money Management Essentials training.

The AFC® Scholarship is valued at $1,400 and includes:

  • Registration fee
  • AFC® online study guide
  • AFC® course books/materials
  • AFC® exam (one attempt)

The Money Management Essentials Scholarship is valued at $325 and includes:

  • Money Management Essentials online training course

 Eligibility

  • Individuals who have previously enrolled, or held the designation and lapsed, are not eligible to apply.
  • Scholarships open to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

* Current AFCPE Membership encouraged, but not required.

Expectations

  • For AFC applicants: Plan to sit for AFC® exam within 12 months after the scholarship notification date
  • For Money Management Essentials applicants: Complete course within 3 months of scholarship notification date
  • Agreement to share the value once certified. We want to know how receiving the scholarship is positively affecting the work that you do – for your clients and your communities. This can be done through your organization’s newsletter, an AFCPE blog post, or through a social media picture and testimonial.

Selection Criteria

A review committee will select individuals whom they believe are most likely to leverage the opportunity. The committee seeks individuals who are passionate about helping people improve financial security and who believe in setting the highest standards of professionalism for the field.

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